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Find Yourself and Claim What’s Yours

By Melissa Doughty Monday, July 6 2015

At some time in our lives, we all wish we had the guidelines to finding ourselves. That magic map that says this is who you are, this is what you will be, and this is what will become of your life. Carolyn Correia through her story of her quest for self- fulfillment and self-actualisation, provides a guide for those looking to find themselves and claim the things they want in life.

The author, freelance writer, communications consultant and motivational speaker launched her second book at the National Library and Information System Authority’s (Nalis), AV Room, Port-of-Spain on June 28. The book takes readers through Correia’s process of discovering that writing, and doing so on her own terms, was what she truly wanted to do for the rest of her life.

From its beginning in 2009 and completion in December 2013, she described the book as, “a true story of one author’s desire for more from life and how she found her voice amidst uncertainty and disappointment.”

She reveals how she coped with the cold, harsh truths of life, near death experiences, loss and her journey to entrepreneurship.

‘How to Find Yourself and Claim What’s Yours’ follows on from Correira’s first book, Thinking Out Loud published in 2011.

She said on her Amazon page, “My first book Thinking out Loud is a collection of inspirational articles that speaks volumes to persons who are seeking a deeper meaning to life, finding their true passion and purpose/self-actualisation and healing. The name expresses what we often think about but seldom discuss. It takes an insightful look at the many real-life experiences and emotions we encounter throughout our journey; career and passion, family and relationships, a tribute to parents, celebrating milestones, holiday sentiments and so much more.”

With the advice of her father Hubert Correia, to whom she dedicated the book, she left a permanent job and took to writing full-time. It was evident at the book launch that she had gained the respect and admiration of those around her.

“He encouraged me to write the book. I used to write for the Women Express and, at that point in time, he told me, ‘you should write books...write about your experiences...write about how you view life’. I doubted whether I could do it and he said, ‘you can’. He always supported me. He knew I loved doing this and he was there throughout,” she told Newsday of her father. Patrice Inglesbirth delivered a moving cover of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath my Wings” and her own song called “The Blessed Garden” for Correia’s father.

Correia’s editor and designer, Patricia Grannum, whom she described as her book coach, told the intimate audience, that Correia was determined to deliver work that was very authentic.

Grannum said when she initially read the first draft it missed “the emotional vulnerability that helps writers connect with readers” and so she told Correia to emotionally bleed on the page. The result, she said, was an, “eloquent memoir.” Correia, she added, was determined to deliver work that was very authentic and which spoke to the unspeakable grief at the loss of her father who passed away last December.

The book, she added, helps readers find their inner truth.

Caribbean Books Foundation founder and director, Marsha Gomes-Mckie, reviewed Correia’s book and described it as a deep personal journey. The book offered pearls of wisdom, she said. In it, Correia was both, “the bad guy and the good guy in one” demonstrating the personal struggle she took to attain self- fulfillment.

“The book asks nothing of the reader she has not done herself,” Gomes-Mckie said.

Although Gomes-Mckie questioned whether Correia was old enough to write a memoir she said that it would not have been effective unless it was a memoir.

She saluted Correia and called on other Caribbean authors to publish more than one book, “to keep the industry alive.”

She also applauded Correia for self-publishing saying that it brings you happiness and leaves you in awe. Correia’s friend of over 20 years Nadia Thompson-Grandison and marketing advisor Yohann Sambrano read excerpts from the memoir.

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